Irresponsibility is part of the pleasure of all art; it is the part the schools cannot recognize.

– Pauline Kael


born in Petaluma, California, The United States June 19, 1919
died: September 03, 2001
gender: female
genre: Nonfiction

Pauline Kael was an American film critic who wrote for The New Yorker magazine from 1968 to 1991. She was known for her “witty, biting, highly opinionated, and sharply focused” movie reviews. She approached movies emotionally, with a strongly colloquial writing style. She is often regarded as the most influential American film critic of her day and made a lasting impression on other major critics including Armond White and Roger Ebert, who has said that Kael “had a more positive influence on the climate for film in America than any other single person over the last three decades.”


5 thoughts on “Irresponsibility

  1. June 19, 1919: Film critic Pauline Kael was born 94 years ago today. 🙂

  2. Love that quote! That’s the professor!

  3. Delicious quote. One reason art is the first thing to be jettisoned in schools.

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